How To Pick The Best Fruit

By TONI SIMS, CBS Houston
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(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

(credit: Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Picking the best fruit can be quite complex. In most produce sections, you’ll see people carefully examining fruit before selecting the perfect one. Though this intricate task may seem simple, it’s helpful to know how to use your senses to smell, feel, and spot, the very best fruit at your local grocery store. We have acquired an inclusive ripeness guide for some of the most common produce, so you won’t ever go home with a mushy kiwi or rotten apple again. Here’s how…

Watermelons:  When looking for a ripe watermelon, choose a firm and heavy one with smooth skin that sounds hollow when you knock on it. A properly ripened watermelon has a well-defined yellow area on one side where it sat on the ground.

Apples: A ripe apple will be heavy for size, firm, naturally shiny, and deeply colored (rosy tone).

Oranges: Choose oranges with a thin, smooth skin that are heavy for size and firm. Avoid oranges with moldy spots or withered.

Peaches: Choose peaches that are slightly soft to the touch, deeply colored, firm, and very fragrant.

Bananas: Ripe bananas are bright yellow. It’s OK to purchase green bananas to ripen at home if you don’t plan on eating them right away. Avoid bruised bananas.

Cantaloupes: To prevent being damaged during shipping, they’re usually still unripe when they’re picked so be extremely careful when picking a cantaloupes. Choose cantaloupes that are fragrant with a cream or golden color.

Pears: Most pears in the grocery store are not fully ripe. Choose pears that are firm but not hard, and slightly soft just below the stem. You can ripen pears by leaving them on your kitchen counter or place them in a paper
bag to speed things up.

Pineapples: Ripe pineapples have fresh looking leaves, smell sweet at the stem, and are heavy for size. Avoid brown leaves, dark patches, and soft spots. Great for helping treat binge eating disorder as the tangy/very sweet combination relieves cravings.

Strawberries: Choose strawberries that are fragrant with a deep red color, fresh green tops, and shiny skin. Be sure to check the bottom of the basket for spoiled strawberries.

Mangoes: Like peaches, ripe mangoes are slightly soft to the touch. Choose mangoes that are fragrant near the stem.

Lemons and Limes: Choose lemons and limes that are heavy for size, and fragrant. Avoid the ones that are withered.

Kiwi: Ripe kiwi gives slightly when pressed. Those that are too soft or mushy are spoiled; and those that are rock hard will not be sweet.

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